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A-171

PLANNING PRODUCTION BASED ON THE JUNE 18, 2021 ALLOTMENT TO ACHIEVE A NEW PRODUCTION TARGET OF + 4.95% OVER ONTARIO’S BASE. 

Farmer-members will need to assess, and adjust, any chick orders and/or placements as of Friday June 18, 2021. Please be proactive and reach out to your hatchery ASAP to discuss and confirm your new chick order.

Farmer-members need to work with their processors in order to meet their increased allotments and target weights.

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RECENT PANDEMIC IMPACTS ON THE CHICKEN SECTOR IN ONTARIO

As governments begin to ease pandemic restrictions, as patios open, and as Canadians are slowly regaining a sense of normalcy – demand for fresh, healthy chicken raised by Canadian farmers is on the rise.

CFO has worked closely with the Ontario supply chain to assess the evolving challenges and to find mitigating solutions.   

The Board will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure that the supply management system responds to challenges and responsibly meets Ontario’s needs.

In an effort to balance supply with demand expectations, Ontario chicken farmers, in consultation with industry partners, have increased A-171 production effective June 18, 2021. 

Allotments have been re-issued to farmer-members for the A-171 quota period. All re-issued farmer-member allotments have been set as close to +4.95 % as possible.

It is crucial that the entire chicken industry value chain comes together to support the increased demand for chicken.
 
Why was an adjusted allotment issued to farmer-members on June 18, 2021?
As governments begin to ease pandemic restrictions, as patios open, and as Canadians are slowly regaining a sense of normalcy – demand for fresh, healthy chicken raised by Canadian farmers is on the rise.
 
On June 16, 2021, at a Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) meeting, a decision was made to reset the national allocation for quota period A-171 at +4.5% above the adjusted base.
 
Ontario’s growth is +4.95%.
 
Market conditions have changed, and CFC has responded to support the evolving chicken marketplace.
 
The revised allocation is an increase from the original A-171 allocation, which was initially set at +3.0% above the adjusted base on May 4, 2021 at the CFC meeting.
Are all farmer-members’ June 18, 2021 allotments adjusted to exactly +4.95%?
No. Each farmer-member’s situation is slightly different based on several production planning factors (production cycle, density calculations etc.).
 
Please be advised that all applicable allotments were adjusted to as close to +4.95% as possible. Individual farmer-member allotment changes may vary slightly.
 
If a farmer-member placed chicks on, or in advance of, the June 18, 2021 allotment, are they required to adjust their planned production?
Yes.
 
It is CFO’s goal to market 100% of our allocation each quota period.
 
To best accomplish this, every farmer-member should always target hitting 100% of their allotment.
 
Farmer-members that placed chicks for A-171 prior to the June 18, 2021 Schedule 1s will need to work with their processor to achieve the goal of hitting 100% of their allotment - while still respecting the target weights that have been agreed to.
 
Farmer-members may need to assess, and adjust, any chick orders and/or placements as of Friday June 18, 2021. Please be proactive and reach out to your hatchery ASAP to discuss and confirm your new chick order.
 
What are farmer-members who have planned placements after June 18, 2021 required to do?
Farmer-members who place chicks after June 18, 2021 are required to work with their hatchery and processor to assess and adjust their chick order. All chick orders need to be aligned with the June 18, 2021 allotment.
 
Farmer-members are also required to work closely with their processors regarding targeted marketing dates and weights.
 
Will farmer-members have the opportunity to regrow the full amount of any underproduction resulting from placement of chicks based on the May 7, 2021 Schedule 1?
Under the CFO production rules, farmer-members that experience an under marketing can regrow up to 10% of the under marketing one year later, with the regrowth of the under marketed portion being spread over two quota periods.
 
All existing policy provisions remain in effect.
Does the June 18, 2021 allotment apply to farmer-members contracted with Quebec processors?
 Yes. The June 18, 2021 allotment is applicable to all CFO quota holders.
 
What about Market Development Assessments for A-171?
Market Development Assessments for A-171 have not been sent out yet. They will be sent to participating farmer-members the week of June 21, 2021.
 
 
How is CFO supporting food banks during COVID-19?
The CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program is continuing to provide fresh, locally-grown chicken to food banks across the province.
 
During this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CFO has temporarily made the program more flexible for food banks – expanding the program to include frozen, prepackaged, and further processed chicken products – in order to provide Premium Ontario Chicken to families and individuals in need.
 
CFO will continue to work in partnership with Feed Ontario to ensure Ontario’s food banks are supported.
 
The CFO Board is encouraging farmer-members to make every reasonable effort to make a donation for 2021 and support the food banks during this difficult time. Please CLICK HERE to make your donation if you haven’t already done so.


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For more information on any of the technical details listed above, please contact the following CFO staff-associates and / or industry stakeholders:  
 
  • All questions related to adjusting chick orders should be directed to a farmer-member’s hatchery
  • All questions related to the deliberate later marketing of birds should be directed to a farmer-member’s contracted processor
  • All questions related to the allotment, the Schedule 1, grace weeks, home weeks, crop exceptions periods should be directed to Liz Millward, CFO’s Analyst, Production Logistics at liz.millward@ontariochicken.ca  or Nancy Ward, CFO's Administrator, Master Data at nancy.ward@ontariochicken.ca 
  • All questions related to Regulations and Policies should be directed to Chris Horbász, CFO’s Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at chris.horbasz@ontariochicken.ca 
  • All questions related to penalties and compliance should be directed to Chris Horbász, CFO’s Director of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs at chris.horbasz@ontariochicken.ca 
  • All questions related to market demand and chicken consumption should be directed to COVID19@ontariochicken.ca 
  • Please send any further generic inquiries to COVID19@ontariochicken.ca 
  • All media inquiries should be directed to Kathryn Goodish, CFO’s Senior Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations at kathryn.goodish@ontariochicken.ca 
The CFO team is working very hard to support farmer-members. We endeavour to respond to all inquiries within a maximum 24hour time frame.

As always, farmer-members are reminded that all emergencies (disease, fire, environmental etc.) should be reported into the 24/7 CFO emergency services hotline at 1-877-SOS-BYRD.